Recently, I discovered VibeEQ by Stillwell Audio and I'm impressed with what it's doing to my sound... it says on the homepage "This is one of those mythical plugins that makes things sound better just by plugging it in. Really." and I kind of have to agree... It really sounds good on many tracks and adds some fine warmth and saturation to the sound. (Another good thing about it is that you can use the demo without restriction.)
Some other EQs of this kind I sometimes use are SlickEQ by TDR (this one is free) and Uhbik-Q, but I like VibeEQ best so far. Thinking about buying it.
Are there any better out there? What are your favs?
I don't know if it's character per se, but SonEq is a freebie with some curves that can always seem to bring what you want out of a synth with just a few knob twists. You get hi and lo pass filters, a low, mid, and high band, and a saturation section that I pretty much don't use.
Well, recently I found out that my beloved pq33 had been supplanted by a new eq, mq55. Trying the new one, I found that the original actually had a very dirty characteristic that just adds something special to a bass synth when overdriven, something the new eq seemed to lack.
Slick EQ is really heavy on cpu usage. I don't really use it for anything other than mastering.
Thanks for the input! I have been using EasyQ a lot but not anymore since the EQ8 was improved (in Live 9 I think?). Also, I agree that mid/side EQing is a nice tool. Gonna check the other plugins mentioned out soon, thanks!
Somewhat related, I use EQ8 automation for all kinds of stuff ranging from comb filter effects to adding subtle movement or sidechain-type mix adjustments. A kinda similar tool I sometimes use is VolumeShaper by Cableguys in which you can quickly add (simple) movement to 3 frequency bands.
"NOVA is a parallel dynamic equalizer. Appearing in the familiar layout of a parametric equalizer, each band also includes a full featured dynamics section allowing the processor to cover an impressively wide range of applications."
Not a "character EQ", but very clean sound and really useful
I use it on most things, sometimes I just drop it in and touch nothing for that little bit of goodness it applies to anything it touches. Sometimes I use it as an EQ. Sometimes for distortion. Most of the time though it's just minor tweaks to the default setting.
Best plugin I own, including stuff from UAD, which I think is highly over-rated.
It has Mid-Side abilities. It might have some technical issues, but it's still useful here and there.
Supposedly it doesn't properly report it's plugin delay for compensation, so don't use too many instances of it.
Yes, no question. Trash kills it. Even if you have Ohmicide the sound you get from Trash is quite distinct.
What are some of your favorite things to use trash on? I have both but I tend to use Saturn for light saturation/ warmth and mixing purposes (bus processing) and ohmicide for dirty bass distortion character on individual sounds.